Local 'laziness' prompts PNG PM to ban foreign advisors

8:10 pm on 31 July 2015

Papua New Guinea's prime minister says the government will remove all foreign advisors and consultants from government departments because they're making locals lazy.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the UK-PNG Trade and Investment Forum.

Peter O'Neill Photo: Supplied

Peter O'Neill told parliament yesterday that from the beginning of next year, any expatriates working in departments will have to be employees of the PNG government.

He says there are advisors and consultants in many departments and that some of the Papua New Guineans in top roles often deferred to those advisors.

Mr O'Neill says that from the first of January, any expatriates recruited will have to be employees of the government, and that there will be no arrangements with other governments.